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Quarry Hill Creative Center in Rochester, VT, founded 1946 by Barbara and Irving Fiske, is Vermont's oldest alternative community and at one time was probably also its largest. In the 60s -80s, as many as 90 people lived here.
It was and is visited each year, often in summer (but in every season, really) by visitors from all over the world.
We welcome interesting and creative people who are peaceful, bring no weapons, don't believe in hitting children or killing animals, and enjoy the beauty of Vermont and of themselves.

Most of us do not adhere to any particular dogma or religion, though many do find Eastern philosophy closest to our own thought (some of us are also members of the Quakers/Society of Friends).
We value the individual, particularly people who are energetic and have a sense of humor.
Visitors are welcome-- and prospective residents, too. There are some places for rent, others for sale. If interested, get in touch!
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"The symbol is the enemy of the reality, and the reality is ever one's true guide, true friend, true companion, and true self." Irving Fiske, 1908-1990

Monday, November 1, 2010

Barbara Calhoun Ill

Today Barbara, who'd had a fever over the weekend, got out of bed and collapsed. Her legs wouldn't hold her up, and she fell on her left arm, which we feared fractured or broken.
Since she's 91, and on the good advice of Bayada Nurses, who visit her, we took her to Gifford Hospital in Randolph (in an ambulance) and she was checked out -- and as usual, ate a hearty lunch in the ER!
She has no broken bones, and her fever had come down, but she does have some pneumonia. If people would like to write to her, please send the letters to her at
Barbara Fiske Calhoun
℅ McFarlin
PO Box 379
Rochester VT 05767
I will get them to her; or you can write directly to her at
606 Fiske RD Unit 1
Rochester, VT 05767.
I think and hope she'll be well again in a few days. These years following William's and then her husband Don's deaths (2008 and 09) have been hard for her, but mostly she keeps her cheery aspect up and looks at the imaginative, sensual, and Blakeian themes of the ways of Time and Eternity.
I wish she were well enough to paint, or draw. It doesn't seem to happen much any more, not so surprising in someone her age. But perhaps next spring I will take her out to the hills (in a car, on the roads) and we can do some drawing.  I hope we will have the chance.

I'll keep updates here.

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